U of L baseball falls 4-2 to UK

The University of Louisville baseball team committed four errors and left 11 runners on base, dropping a 4-2 decision to Kentucky before 2,597 fans at Jim Patterson Stadium on Tuesday. The Cardinals are now 27-9 on the season.

University of Louisville baseball coach Dan McDonnell simply called it "bad baseball."

The Cardinals committed four errors, left 11 runners on base, hit two batters and had three passed balls. All of that added up to a 4-2 loss on Tuesday to Kentucky at Jim Patterson Stadium.

"I'd say everything," McDonnell said. "Bad coaching, a bad start on the mound, bad defense and then we just did not get that big hit tonight and we seemed to have a lot of 3-2 counts.

"We just could not win those battles. All in all, that's what we call bad baseball."

Louisville (27-9) took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the third inning. The Cardinals had bases loaded with no outs but could only manage two runs, with the first out coming on a base running error by Sutton Whiting.

UK then scored two runs in the top of the fourth off just one single in the inning. Josh Rogers walked A.J. Reid to lead off the inning.

Reid advanced to second on a passed ball and went to third on a fielders' choice. He scored on an error by Zach Lucas before Rogers hit a batter and Kyle Barrett singled to left.

Javon Shelby then walked, plating the second run. UK added a run in the ninth after an error and two passed balls by the Cardinals.

"I know (the UK game) is important to our fans and it's important to our kids," McDonnell said. "But it is what it is. We have to go on the road now and we have a great test ahead of us."

The Cardinals will play at AAC-leading Central Florida on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. UCF is 22-15 overall and 10-2 in the league, while the Cardinals are 7-2 in league play.

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